OC’s Best Outdoor Concerts This Summer

April 4, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images)

(credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images)

(credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images)


Summertime is the perfect time to have fun outdoors, as being holed up indoors is not always the perfect environment for enjoying live music. Orange County has tons of great outdoor events lined up for this summer, giving fans of all brands of music something to look forward to this year. Do not forget your sun screen or those flip-flops, as the sun and partying can mix quite poorly if you are not being careful.

(credit: 1964 The Tribute)

(credit: 1964 The Tribute)


1964 The Tribute
Pearson Park Amphitheater
401 N. Lemon St.
Anaheim, CA, 92805
(714) 765-5274
Date: June 27
www.brownpapertickets.com

Dubbed “the greatest Beatles tribute band” by “Rolling Stone” magazine, 1964 The Tribute faithfully performs the Fab Four’s best material from an era gone by. The Pearson Park Amphitheater is the perfect place to enjoy pure pop, with its fantastic acoustics and special seating arrangement. This is certainly an event for all ages and will provide literally hundreds of songs to choose from when it comes to a set list. Bring your bell bottoms and tie-dye and relive the magic of potentially the greatest band of all time.

(credit: Zeppelin Live)

(credit: Zeppelin Live)


Zeppelin Live
OC Fair
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500
Date: July 27
www.ocfair.com

The OC Fair is always host to some quality bands, but what about bands that don’t exist anymore? Never fear, because a whole slew of top-notch tribute bands will be performing this year, with the most promising being Zeppelin Live, formerly known as Heartbreaker. This group’s rendition of classic Led Zeppelin tracks is a surefire way to chill out during the warm summer night. The band plans on celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic “Houses of the Holy” album by playing select cuts off of said record. Expect a few guitar and drum solos that will transport you back to the 70s, when rock ‘n’ roll was in its purest form.

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(credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images)


Kenny Chesney: No Shoes Nation Tour
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92803
(949) 855-8095
Date: July 27
www.ticketmaster.com

Part of the “No Shoes Nation Tour,” Kenny Chesney is choosing Anaheim as one of the many stops on his current run. Bringing Eric Church and Eli Young along for the ride, one of country’s biggest stars is riding high on a wave of radio and critical success. Angels Stadium is the perfect fit for such a large concert, with its excellent seating and great weather. Bring your cowboy hat, blue jeans and all the rowdiness you can for a boot-kicking kind of summer night.

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(credit: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)


Daryl Hall & John Oates
Pacific Amphitheater
100 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500
Date: Aug. 8
www.hallandoates.com/tour

The classic 80’s duo is back and (hopefully) better than ever. After inspiring a wave of pop music using a combination of catchy hooks and heavy blend of synthesizers, the dynamic twosome is back for another swing down memory lane. Expect to hear the radio hits, as well as some of the more random cuts within their full catalog, as the reunited singers have plenty of material to work with. After their performance on “The Voice” in 2012, their stock has risen and this outdoor concert should make Orange County’s dreams come true.

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(credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)


Dave Matthews Band
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine
8808 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 855-8095
Date: Sept. 7
www.livenation.com

The Dave Matthews Band has carved its place within the current musical landscape, appealing to both jamband enthusiasts and college rockers. With such a collection of music, fans are guaranteed nearly two dozen songs a night and plenty of covers. The group’s musicianship has grown over the past two decades and the live arena is certainly its strong suit, as the band has headlined dozens of festivals across the world and sold-out arena after arena. So whether you have seats or are stuck on the grass, there will be plenty of fun to be had.

Jesse Seilhan is a writer, editor and photographer from the California Bay Area. After moving to Long Beach, Jesse continues his passion for writing and music by covering concerts, interviewing top artists, and giving a dose of wisdom in a crazy, mixed-up musical world. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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